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  • Durban: Boat-Based Whale Watching Experience

    1. Durban: Boat-Based Whale Watching Experience

    Take an exhilarating 2-hour cruise into the Indian Ocean and encounter one of the world's most magnificent mammals, the humpback whale, at close range. Admire the inquisitive whales in their natural habitat, and learn about them and other local marine life with a fully qualified whale tour guide. After greeting your guide at the meeting point, board your 11-passenger semi-rigid inflatable boat, registered with SAMSA as a suitable Whale and Dolphin Watching boat since 2012 and holder of one of the limited whale watching permits in Durban. Head out onto the deep blue ocean toward the Mozambican current, and enjoy the views from your front-facing seats with the skipper/crew behind you. From June to November every year, look out for the spectacular breaches of the whales above the water as they travel on their migratory route from the Southern Oceans to warmer tropical waters for mating an...

    Friendly & knowledgeable Skipper / Owner. Multiple whales doing full breaches, tail slapping & find extensions!

  • St Lucia: iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Full-Day/Half-Day Tour

    2. St Lucia: iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Full-Day/Half-Day Tour

    Enjoy an open game drive safari in South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start with pickup from St Lucia or Durban, and after a brief introduction, enter the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. While on safari, enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the park as you explore numerous loop roads, outcrops, and lookout points. With knowledgeable and experienced guides, discover an abundance of wildlife species in the park. Search for Africa's Big 5 game animals: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Spot other animals such as waterbuck, impala, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, reedbuck, chameleon, giraffe, and hyena. Enjoy a stop at Cape Vidal, a protected bay and beach area. Take some time for snorkeling or swimming in the waters surrounding this resort destination, and enjoy some lunch on site. See the highest vegetative dunes on the African continent and enjoy plenty of s...

  • From Durban: St. Lucia Wetlands Private Boat Ride

    3. From Durban: St. Lucia Wetlands Private Boat Ride

    The tour departs from Durban heading northward along the coast to northern KwaZulu-Natal. The first stop is the town of St Lucia and the estuary inside the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. There you will board a river boat for a 2 hours guided tour of the estuary. The local guide will inform you of the reserves history and its incredible wildlife. Previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, iSimangaliso Wetlands Park was declared South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site and is considered South Africa's third largest park with 280km of near pristine coastline and 328 000 hectares of magnificent scenery. The protected area is home to one of the largest population of hippopotami in SA, an estimated 1000 crocodiles as well as a wealth of plant, bird and animal life. The park was proclaimed a world heritage site because of the rich biodiversity, unique ecosystems and natural be...

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi & Emdoneni Wild Cat Project Private Tour

    4. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi & Emdoneni Wild Cat Project Private Tour

    The tour departs from Durban heading up the coast to northern KwaZulu-Natal. You will arrive at the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi gate 2.5 hours after departing from Durban. Your experienced guide will show you around the park in search of the diverse wildlife and Big 5. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is set in the heart of Zululand where Africa’s Big 5 (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros) roam the flourishing savannah. Established in 1895 this is the oldest park in South Africa and is 98 000 hectares. This tour is in a closed vehicle. The Park contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is characterized by hilly topography. The list of animals at the park is long and diverse. Hluhluwe, the northern section of the park, is noted for its wide variety of both bird and animal life. Imfolozi Game Reserve is situated in the southern section of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. Today, the ...

  • Durban: Private Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & iSimangaliso Tour

    5. Durban: Private Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & iSimangaliso Tour

    Previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, iSimangaliso Wetlands Park was declared South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site (UNESCO), and is considered South Africa's third-largest park with 280 kilometers of near-pristine coastline and 328,000 hectares of magnificent scenery. The protected area is home to one of the largest populations of hippopotami in SA, an estimated 1,000 crocodiles and a wealth of plant, bird and animal life. Animals in the park include lions, African elephants, leopards, black and southern white rhino, and buffalo. In the ocean, there are whales, dolphins, and marine turtles, including the leatherback and loggerhead turtle. After the boat tour, travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Your experienced guide will show you around the park in a closed vehicle in search of the diverse wildlife and Africa's Big 5, which include the lion, elep...

    Definitely worth it. they puck pick you up door to door if you're staying within 5 kilometers. Also our guide was very straightforward that we may not see any animals but we say all we wanted in 2 hours. The 12 hours include the time it takes to get to the park and return. Great having a guide as they talk with one another to find out where the animals are for the day.

  • From Durban: Wildlife Lovers Big 5 Safari at 2 Game Reserves

    6. From Durban: Wildlife Lovers Big 5 Safari at 2 Game Reserves

    Go on the only tour from Durban that takes you into an authentic private game reserve where the number of vehicles at sightings is limited. Take 2 stunning game drives at 2 reserves and encounter Africa's magnificent wildlife up-close. Benefit from included hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as complimentary use of Zeiss binoculars and multilingual wildlife/nature guide books during the tour. Hit the road early with pickup from your hotel at around 5 AM as wildlife, especially predators, are most active around dawn and dusk. Enter the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve at Nyalazi Gate and enjoy a 2.5-hour morning game drive in a Hyundai H1 vehicle. Please note, this is not an open safari 4x4, though you will get that experience later in the day. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is renowned for its White Rhino densities — after all, it saved the Southern White Rhino from extinction. Keep your Carl Zeiss T...

  • 3-Day Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve & St. Lucia Safari

    7. 3-Day Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve & St. Lucia Safari

    Be on the lookout for the Big 5 at the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. Enjoy closed-vehicle guided game drives and a boat trip on Lake St. Lucia on this 3-day, 2-night African safari. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 You’ll be picked up at your Durban area accommodation at 07:00 and begin the 3-hour drive to Hluhluwe Umfolozi, where your guide will provide information on the history of the area. Enter the site and enjoy a slow game drive to the camp, as you learn about wildlife in the area. You’ll arrive at the camp at approximately 13:00, in time for lunch. Your guide will assist you with check-in and show you your room. You’ll have the choice of taking the optional night drive from 17:00-20:00 (additional fee). If not, you’ll head out with your guide for a 2-3 hour closed-vehicle game drive. Dinner will be served after the game drive. Day 2

  • St. Lucia Wetlands & Estuary: Day Tour & Boat Safari

    8. St. Lucia Wetlands & Estuary: Day Tour & Boat Safari

    Travel from Durban to St. Lucia on a 3-hour drive in the comfort of a Ford Tourneo 8 seater mini van or Ford Everest 6/7 seater (subject to availability). When you arrive in St. Lucia your guide will tell you about the history of the Durban and St. Lucia areas. South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, in St. Lucia, is known as ISimangeliso Wetland Park. Your guide will lead you along the Board Walk from the estuary to the Indian Ocean, as you spot crocodiles and hippos. Later you’ll visit a crocodile farm to learn more about these amazing creatures. Head out on a 2-hour Lake St. Lucia boat safari to see the amazing varieties of habitats, including mangrove swamps, savannas, grasslands, and riverine forest.

  • From Durban: Safari & PheZulu Village Day Tour

    9. From Durban: Safari & PheZulu Village Day Tour

    The Mini Safari Tour starts with a visit to the Lion Park where you will have the chance to come into close proximity with elephants and lions. The next stop is The Birds of Prey Center where visitors are introduced to a wide variety of majestic birds found in South Africa. The tour then moves onto Tala Game Reserve which provides exceptional game viewing and birding. You then make a stop at the Valley of a 1000 Hills to enjoy a glimpse of local Zulu culture and dancing at Phezulu Cultural Village. To conclude the tour, visit the Reptile Park where qualified park guides will intrigue you with interesting facts about the resident crocodiles and snakes.

    If you’re looking for excitement, to be educated and to have a once in a lifetime experience then this is the trip for you.

  • From Durban: Full-Day Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park Tour

    10. From Durban: Full-Day Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park Tour

    This full-day tour from Durban takes you on safari in the wonderful Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa. The park is famous for its highly successful white rhino conservation program and is now home to the largest population of white rhino in the world. On your full-day safari tour you will have many opportunities to encounter the amazing wildlife in their natural environment. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park is home to 84 species of games, including the ‘Big Five’, and 425 different types of birds. See how many you can spot on your safari! The hilly terrain affords some of the most incredible views over the reserve. Enjoy lunch at the Hilltop Camp (or similar) and simply enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    Have seen lots of animals and excellent landscapes, unforrunately the lions had hidden

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What people are saying about Durban

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Definitely worth it. they puck pick you up door to door if you're staying within 5 kilometers. Also our guide was very straightforward that we may not see any animals but we say all we wanted in 2 hours. The 12 hours include the time it takes to get to the park and return. Great having a guide as they talk with one another to find out where the animals are for the day.

The guide was very knowledgable, knew where to look for the animals , giraffes , elephants, antelopes, impalas zebras

We saw lots of white and black rhinos, which we came for. Our guide was very friendly and knew the park very well

Friendly & knowledgeable Skipper / Owner. Multiple whales doing full breaches, tail slapping & find extensions!

we did the half day Safari very good very informative and can highly recommend this trip to anyone